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Habib el-Adly has faced a string of cases since a popular uprising ousted Mubarak in 2011 [File: Morteza Nikoubazi/Reuters]

Cairo- Cairo Criminal Court rejected on Tuesday the appeal filed by Mubarak-era former Minister of Interior Habib El-Adly on the adjudication of seven years in prison for the accusation of embezzling the ministry of interior funds.

The sentence has not been executed since Adly’s place of residence is unknown, according to security bodies. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Interior handed out Central Cairo Prosecution an official letter, notifying it that he wasn’t at his house in October City.

In addition to the imprisonment sentence, Cairo Criminal Court imposed on Adly and two other men to return an amount of EGP195.936 million and to pay an equal amount as a penalty – eight others were sentenced to rigorous imprisonment.

Central Cairo Prosecution representative asked the court to reject an appeal filed by Adly while Adly’s advocate Farid el-Dib called on the court to approve it and suspend the issued sentence.

The Ministry of Interior sent an official letter to Central Cairo Prosecution, informing it that Adly was not at his house in October City to execute the sentence.

Media sources reported that Adly was still in Cairo in a secured private residence – unaffiliated to the Ministry of Interior. Sources added that he is “in a bad health condition since the issuance of the imprisonment sentence,” and that “he is willing to surrender himself to the court once his health condition gets better.”

Further, consultant Nabil Ahmad Sadeq ordered the public prosecutor to refer 66 terrorists to Cairo Criminal Court- department of appeal court – after investigating with them on accusations of forming a terrorist cell.

The cell is affiliated to ISIS and operates in six provinces.